An idea to create a place for Slemon Park residents to meet and build a sense of community has blossomed into something special.
They call it The Shed.
The idea was that at least once a week, resident would be invited to gather at the Slemon Park community room from 7 to 9 p.m. and do whatever social activity they felt like, such as: cards, knitting, chess and etc.
Music turned out to be a big draw and those who brought their instruments to jam with their neighbours found they shared many of the same musical tastes, specifically classic country and east coast traditional.
“Eventually people stopped knitting and playing cards. They really just wanted to listen to the music,” said Sixtus Perry, a Slemon Park resident who regularly attends The Shed.
Word of the regular jam session has spread and the event now regularly attracts a large crowd average about 30 people per session, sometimes more than a dozen musicians. Their largest crowd was more than 60 people.
People have started to come and join from around the area.
Walter LeClair travels every week from St. Nicholas to attend.
“There aren’t many places to go and listen to this type of live music anymore, especially for free,” said LeClair.
The Shed has had to move to the Slemon Park Hotel to fit everyone in, though they’ve kept their original day and time.
The Shed guests have also started got together to collect some money for deserving local families. Their last meeting before Christmas raised $475 for Blaze Gallant.